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Consumer Sector Update for 03/15/2019: ULTA,HTHT,MDCA,KIRK

Top Consumer Stocks

WMT +0.03%

MCD +1.22%

DIS +0.45%

CVS -0.63%

KO +0.09%

Consumer stocks were hanging on to solid gains this afternoon, with shares of consumer staples companies in the S&P 500 climbing almost 0.6% while shares of consumer discretionary firms in the S&P 500 also were ahead nearly 0.6%.

Among consumer stocks moving on news:

(+) Ulta Beauty ( ULTA ) was more than 9% higher in late Friday trading after the cosmetics company reported non-GAAP net income of $3.61 per share for its Q4 ended Feb. 3, improving on a $2.75 per share adjusted profit during the same quarter last year and beating the Capital IQ consensus expecting $3.56 per share. Net sales increased 9.7% year over year to $2.12 billion, narrowly topping the $2.11 analyst mean.

In other sector news:

(+) MDC Partners ( MDCA ) was ahead almost 10% in recent trading after the marketing and communications company announced a $100 million funding agreement with The Stagwell Group, with the private equity firm buying $50 million of the company's common stock and $50 million of its non-voting convertible preferred stock.

(+) Huazhu Group ( HTHT ) rose more than 7% after the hotel management company Friday reported non-GAAP Q4 net income of RMB1.23 per American depositary share, up from RMB0.75 per ADS during the year-ago period, while revenue for the three months ended Dec. 31 grew 20.2% year-over-year to RMB2.68 billion. Analyst estimates were not available.

(-) Kirkland's ( KIRK ) tumbled 25% on Friday after the company reported a 3.8% drop in revenue during its Q4 ended Feb. 2 compared with the year-ago period, falling to $216.1 million from $224.6 million last year and trailing the $222.7 million Street view. Same-store sales, including e-commerce sales, slipped 3.3%.

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